Emmys

Emmys 2013: The Drama Series Race in Review, Including Our 6 Dream Nominees

Emmy Best Drama Series NomineesThe shows that have won the best drama Emmy for the past five years, AMC’s Mad Men and Showtime’s Homeland, both have been going through up-and-down seasons recently. That is not expected to affect the awards juggernauts’ nomination chances, but it does open the door to an upset come September from likely contenders Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey.

More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Lead Drama Actor | Lead Drama Actress | Supporting Drama Actor | Supporting Drama Actress | Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

Review the following slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s Dream Nominees — then hit the comments to vote for who you think are the six best. And check back Tuesday as we tackle the Outstanding Drama Actor race!



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  • Fringe! Last chance to recognize one of the most moving shows in recent memory.

    Comment by Elise – June 10, 2013 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon a Time
    Fringe

    Comment by Patti – June 10, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gme of Thrones NEEDS and deserves some EMMY love!

    Comment by corey – June 10, 2013 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was just going through your nominees listed and wanted to mention really fast that Bobby Cannavale isn’t being submitted in the guest category, he’s in the supporting actor category for Boardwalk Empire. And you’re right, he was fantastic, and I believe he is absolutely getting nominated for that.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – June 10, 2013 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I haven’t seen most of those shows. My top picks out of the ones I have seen are
    Southland
    Justified
    Newsroom
    Sons of Anarchy
    All are very well written and acted but I must say Southland is the best of the 4.

    Comment by Charlene Doiglass – June 10, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just want to give a shout out to ‘The Hour’ – far and away one of the best written/acted shows. Ben Wishaw is utterly brilliant and the rest of the cast are pretty amazing themselves. I’d love to see it get a little recognition

    Comment by Chelsea – June 10, 2013 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Walking Dead
    Homeland
    Dexter
    Game of Thrones
    Scandal

    For 6th: Suits (but it will never happen, I am surprised you even put it up there), The Following (but even though I love it, the writing was uneven enough to leave it out), The Good Wife (I love the good wife, but even though it had an incredible second half, its first half was not as good as usual with the kalinda storyline), Revenge (if i did not happen last year, there is zero chance it happens this year, but I loved the season as much as season 1, especially the second half, yeah I know I am a minority and all) .. I would go with Revenge.

    Comment by omabin – June 10, 2013 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I forgot about Orphan Black. I would give it the 6th nomination!

      Comment by omabin – June 10, 2013 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But anyway, my guesses (not wishes) are: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones… The 6th is a very big wild card. I don’t think BE will be nominated again. I think they will give it to a broadcaster honestly and The Good Wife is still the best bet for that but that damn kalinda storyline that everyone is forgetting kind of screws their odds, critics had universal hate for that storyline. I will say The Following, but really it is up for grabs

        Comment by omabin – June 10, 2013 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s OK…they forgot about Orphan Black, too.

        Comment by MrMank – June 11, 2013 04:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I honestly think we’re getting the exact same drama show nominees this year that we did last year. Homeland (still a great show), Mad Men (still a great show and having a good season), Breaking Bad (always awesome), Downton Abbey (people who aren’t me seem to oddly love it), Boardwalk Empire (had its best season to date), and Game of Thrones (just because). I still think Homeland will win despite the criticisms. I think they’re going to save the Breaking Bad win for the final season. And if Downton Abbey wins I’ll throw up.
    .
    But if this were my dream list, I would be voting for Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Justified, and Shameless. Homeland for the win. Or maybe Justified.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – June 10, 2013 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is there a website where one can see for certain for what categories actors are being submitted? Thanks

    Comment by Rob – June 10, 2013 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hope Emmy Rossum gets a long-overdue nomination this year.

    Comment by Lauren – June 10, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As TV evolves, so must the Emmys. Just like there are daytime and primetime Emmys, there can be cable and network.

    Networks have greater restrictions on what they can do. This is fact

    I’m not saying better or worse, but it’s only fair to compare apples to apples

    It’s like comparing Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. Even though they’re both Olympians, they are too different to say which is better

    Comment by Neil – June 10, 2013 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If The Good Wife were to win the Emmy this year for best network drama, at best it would be considered the second best show on TV. But what you are really going to have is a bunch of articles on why all of the 5 shows nominated for best drama cable (I am assuming by splitting the category the Emmys would only do 5 in each category) would win the Emmy in the network category.

      Comment by johnhelvete – June 10, 2013 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I doubt Scandal will get nominated, but Bellamy Young, Guillermo Diaz and Jeff Perry absolutely should.

    Comment by Erika – June 10, 2013 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why can’t NCIS ever get nominated in this category???

    Comment by Jim – June 10, 2013 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL!!

      Comment by Lisbeth Slander – June 10, 2013 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OK, I’m sorry. I had to catch my breath from laughing so hard!

      Comment by MrMank – June 11, 2013 04:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal is the best tv series ever! It should win hands down!!!!!

    Comment by Susan torres – June 10, 2013 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yep, sure it!!!!

      Comment by Steno Star – June 11, 2013 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL.

    Comment by KMarshall – June 10, 2013 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal. Edge of your seat television with brilliant writing and amazing actors every single episode. Kerry Washington is exceptional!

    Comment by shara – June 10, 2013 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Scandal hands down

      Comment by Pamela jamar – June 10, 2013 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Downton, Scandal…and what about Dallas??

    Comment by Margaret – June 10, 2013 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SOA, Justified, Dexter, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Southland and Shameless

    Comment by KND – June 10, 2013 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HOMELAND
    SCANDAL
    GREY’S ANATOMY
    DEXTER

    Comment by KDB – June 10, 2013 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GAME OF THRONES
    BREAKING BAD
    SHAMELESS
    THE NEWSROOM (ignore the political aspect, its a witty and intelligently written tv show)
    SCANDAL
    SONS OF ANARCHy

    Comment by Lisa – June 10, 2013 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL ALL THE WAY.
    It’s sexy, dramatic and intense with a lot of mind blowing twists. Therefore it deserves to win.

    Comment by Mabel – June 10, 2013 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have one word ——-> SCANDAL

    Comment by JC – June 10, 2013 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal! That shows will make you discover nerves you never had. And gives you a good reason to drink alcohol.

    Comment by Saymone – June 10, 2013 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal x 6

    Comment by cara kazanowski – June 10, 2013 05:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad, and Parenthood

    Comment by Stacy Brewer – June 10, 2013 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • boardwalk empire (bobby canavale!!!!!), shameless (emmy rossum and william h. macy!!), scandal (kerry washington, jeff perry and bellamy young!!!!), justified (timothy olypant and walton goggins), the good wife (josh charles, christine barinski), dexter (jennifer capenter), sons of anarchy (charlie hunnam, maggie siff, ron perlman!!!!) all of these people deserve nominations at the very least! emmy, jeff, walton & bobby definitely deserve emmy wins.

    Comment by baglesvswaffles – June 10, 2013 05:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL!!!!!!
    The Good wife
    Braking Bad
    downtown Abbey
    The following
    suits

    Comment by Grace – June 10, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal is the only show I watch of the 6 listed. I want Scandal to get best drama series, best actress for KW, Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Perry, Best Guest arc for Scott Foley and Joe Morton, Best Supporting Actress for Bellamy Young, Best Director for Tony Goldwyn

    Comment by joho – June 10, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL!!! ALL THE WAY>>

    Comment by Linda – June 10, 2013 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL!!!!!

    Comment by Traci – June 10, 2013 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal, it is in my opinion the best drama on network television with superb acting. I also think that Jeff Perry should be nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series, and Kerry Washington for best lead actress in a drama series

    Comment by mwunder5 – June 10, 2013 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal is number 1. Walking dead number 2.

    Comment by L.T. – June 10, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal Scandal Scandal Scandal

    Comment by Rashanda – June 10, 2013 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1.SCANDAL 2. SCANDAL 3.SCANDAL 4.SCANDAL 5 .SCANDAL 6.SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! S C A N D A L❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗

    Comment by Tiara – June 10, 2013 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal Hands Down!!!!! The best show on television, and I really want to see Kerry and Tony get Emmy nods for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, I also think that the show should win for best Dramatic Series.

    Comment by Tracey – June 10, 2013 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stana Katic was phenomenal this season in Castle!!!

    Comment by Marlene Mason – June 10, 2013 10:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL! EVEN GUYS LIKE ME LOVE A STEAMY AFFAIR BETWEEN A FIXER AND THE PRESIDENT!

    Comment by peter – June 10, 2013 11:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal has to be nominated! It’s the best show for years probably forever! Olitz has everybody watching! Love love love it!!

    Comment by Susan torres – June 11, 2013 01:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite show is Parenthood so that would be my first nominee. Second – Homeland, third – The American, forth -Dexter, fifth – Shameless and sixth – The Good Wife.

    Comment by Maggie – June 11, 2013 01:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My selections are as follow:
    Scandal
    Nashville
    Suits
    Elementary
    Good Wife
    Grey Anatomy (if it was listed)

    I love the writers of Scandal. There has never been a TV Series that has sparked my interest in writing the way Shonda Rhimes and her team has. As a matter of fact I have written up to four episode theories for Season 3 I feel could be excellent if I had a chance for Shonda to review them. I will not post any of them on Facebook or anywhere for anyone to view. I would like to get her opinion. I wish I had a way to contact her or someone on her staff who could review it. I have enough material for the entire season and half of Season 4.. But I guess I will enjoy it myself and see how they present the season and I will get to see if my theories are anywhere close to theirs. I’m excited just to see how things unfold for Season 3. The writers of Scandal are beyond superb. I love anything with the Romance/Suspense tone…. thanks for listening and viewing.. Go Scandal Team!!! I love you!!!

    Comment by Consuela Sowell – June 11, 2013 03:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe there’s no love for Orphan Black here! I mean, yes…the show doesn’t deserve to win. Hell, in a category that usually only includes 6 dramas, it probably doesn’t deserve a nomination. But that’s hardly the point. After an unbelievable, Critics’ Choice Award-winning performance (performances?) by Tatiana Maslany, for the show to not even get a mention from TVLINE??? That’s just baffling.

    Comment by MrMank – June 11, 2013 04:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • - Game of thrones

    - SONS OF ANARCHY

    - Homeland

    - BREAKING BAD

    - JUSTIFIED

    - The Walking Dead

    - House of Cards

    But Mad Men will be nominated just because it’s Mad Men and this year it wasn’t that great. Plus it’s not really the best hour of tv anymore.
    I Hope they would recpognize Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins and I PRAY that they would finally see how amazing SOA is. But they will give it to Homeland again.

    Comment by Emilia – June 11, 2013 05:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This has got to be the best drama series in a long, long time. It is refreshing, an edge of your seat thriller and has just enough of a weekly cliffhanger to have you come back the next week. I believe the viewers have become closet detectives and next season appears to be filled with even more surprises

    Comment by Marian Pankey – June 11, 2013 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Game of Thrones
    Breaking Bad
    Dexter
    Hannibal
    Orphan Black
    Homeland

    Comment by tharaa – June 11, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL is top quality acting so much so that you forget that is not real. It also portray the reality of politics.

    Comment by Solvey Arcila – June 11, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dexter and JENNIFER CARPENTER need to get a nomination.

    Comment by D. – June 11, 2013 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For my money, the ONLY show that matters is JUSTIFIED. Every member of that cast
    is emminently Emmy worthy, in every category. The writing, direction and everything
    about it is absolutely stellar.
    It has been consistently strong in every aspect from the very beginning.
    The only thing I don’t like about it is that the seasons are TOO SHORT!
    I always, always, always want MORE!
    Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins are two of the best actors to ever
    play a scene, anywhere.

    Comment by KKGator – June 11, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal and Downton Abbey.

    Comment by Cornelia Williams – June 11, 2013 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SCANDAL SCANDAL SCANDAL SCANDAL SCANDAL & More SCANDAL

    Comment by Jacinda Watson – June 11, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! #TrueGladiator

      Comment by Steno Star – June 11, 2013 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Scandal not emmy material”, What? You’ve got to be kidding! It IS emmy material and I’m sure at least a million people will agree!

    Comment by Steno Star – June 11, 2013 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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